File icons, not application icons

New Here ,
Oct 18, 2017 Oct 18, 2017

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I just updated CC to the 2018 version today and it messed up my files. I was able to point each file type to 'open with' to make sure each program opened the proper files, but some of the files on my desktop/in folders show a different icon than others. While the programs themselves work, it is bothersome to me to see the icons look so different and improper. Below is a screenshot of two different icons. The Illustrator file is correct while the Photoshop file is not. I am having trouble with both Photoshop and Premiere Pro icons. I know this isn't a critical issue, but it is visually distracting for the file icons to not look uniform. Please help!

Ai_correct-icon.png PS_incorrect-icon.png

On a side note, why do the major CC update ALWAYS mess up my files?! I'm tired of redirecting the programs and renaming the original source files in order for the programs to work!

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Adobe Community Professional , Oct 22, 2017 Oct 22, 2017
This is an ancient problem that I frankly thought was fixed by now. It is caused/triggered by uninstalling a previous version after the new version is installed. Unfortunately, the CC installer still does this by default.What apparently happens is that the uninstall globally changes some registry settings, so that instead of pointing to the new version, they are left orphaned, pointing to a version no longer installed.A full uninstall/reinstall of CC2018 should re-establish the correct registry ...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 18, 2017 Oct 18, 2017

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google: <your os> repair icons

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Oct 18, 2017 Oct 18, 2017

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Oct 22, 2017 Oct 22, 2017

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Hi there,

I had this problem too. Try changing the default application for PSD Files in Windows settings to something like Illustrator. The icons should change the to Illustrator application icon. Then change the default application to Photoshop again. This should revert the icons to the file icons as needed instead of the application icons. This method worked for me.

Hope it helps

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Oct 22, 2017 Oct 22, 2017

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This is an ancient problem that I frankly thought was fixed by now. It is caused/triggered by uninstalling a previous version after the new version is installed. Unfortunately, the CC installer still does this by default.

What apparently happens is that the uninstall globally changes some registry settings, so that instead of pointing to the new version, they are left orphaned, pointing to a version no longer installed.

A full uninstall/reinstall of CC2018 should re-establish the correct registry settings.

For the future, there is an "advanced options" rolldown in the installer, and here you can uncheck "remove old versions". But few people notice that. If you do wish to remove the old versions, do that before running the installer.

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New Here ,
May 28, 2018 May 28, 2018

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okay but is this gonna effact the way it works ?

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 18, 2021 Jan 18, 2021

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there is a simpler way:

download app: Default Programs Editor
1.  File Type Settings

2. Icon

3. Search for .psd

4. Browse to for example:C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5 (64 Bit)\Photoshop.exe

5. Choose the icon you want

6. Click Apply

 

 

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Apr 14, 2022 Apr 14, 2022

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Here you go:
Tool:

https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/file_types_manager.html

 

Steps:
https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/12383/change-a-file-types-icon-in-windows-7/#:~:text=Right%20click%2....

It happens to all Adobe apps when you install/uninstall a newer version. Follow the steps properly and you'll fix it without even restarting the OS nor File Explorer.

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